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The winding room at Long-Eaton Lace Factory
Black lead and bleaching - the Nottingham lace industry

Nottingham Lace is famous world-wide. Yet of the two processes necessary to the manufacture of machine-made lace – making and finishing - only the latter was solely concentrated in Nottingham. The functions needed to convert the large dirty webs of lace from the factories into the fine, finished fabric so beloved by the Victorians and Edwardians were to be found in numerous locations in the Nottingham conurbation. Hence, the famous Nottingham lace girls in their pristine white blouses and long skirts thronging the streets of Nottingham’s Lace Market were but a part of the finishing section of the industry and not the actual makers of lace.

This article looks at technological developments and working practices as well as the conditions of those employed in the production of Nottingham Lace. More...

Words: Sheila A. Mason, BA (Hons), FRSA

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